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Sandia Park, New Mexico, United States
I have been birding for 41 years. My favorite clients are those who are interested in birds, watching them and even learning about their behavior, not just checking birds off a life list. I enjoy people and want to have fun while birding. As a bird watcher since 1972, I have acquired a broad knowledge of birds, birdsong, habitat and behavior. One of the things I enjoy most about taking people out birding is teaching my clients how to identify birds and how to recall their song. We were in Asheville, NC for 5 years, and Bisbee, AZ 10 years before that. Currently we are house hunting in New Mexico.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Summer's End

It has been an extremely busy summer of private guiding and organized trips.  This year due to El Niño many birds from Mexico have crossed the border into the Huachuca Mountains mostly. For example, the pair of Tufted Flycatchers from the Sierra Madres nested 2 Miles up from Nature Conservancy's Ramsey Canyon. A pair of Flame colored Tanagers also nested at Bledsoe Loop at Ramsey. These birds made quite an exciting presentation for the visitors of the area and my clients. The population of the Rufous capped Warbler tripled in the past two years in the Huachucas. This was probably the fire of 2011 altering what once was not their habitat into their preferred flora. In mid Spring I joined up with two friends from the Love Creek Nature Center and assisted them in finding owls. It was a large but cohesive group. Much fun was had by all. Later in the Summer I led a small group for High Lonesome Bird Tours to find Hummingbirds of Arizona. We had 14 species in all including numerous Plain-capped Starthroats. This is another species who's population has tripled in the last several years. Climate change?

After a break my wife and I are packing up for a slow journey North. Although our house has not presented itself to us yet, we are hopeful that it will before the end of the year. 

This is the first year in many that one of my favorite clients, Mary Kay Gardener has not joined me in a birding adventure. I hope to make up for it next year. 

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